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Middle Years Programme

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a curriculum framework that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

The MYP is flexible and can easily accommodate the rigorous requirements of our local context. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and concepts developed in the PYP and prepares students to meet any challenge along their future academic paths. The MYP:

  • Addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being.

  • Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future.

  • Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups.

  • Requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others.

  • Empowers students to participate in service within the community.

  • Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning.

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What does the MYP look like at St. Mary’s?

Explore the Middle School and Curriculum Guide pages to learn more about how we implement the MYP at St. Mary’s.

How is the framework organized?

The MYP curriculum framework consists of eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Students take courses in language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design.

MYP teachers organize engaging units of study with appropriate attention to: